A complex storm system will impact the Plains Thanksgiving Day through the holiday weekend. On the warm side of the storm system, heavy rainfall may lead to flash and river flooding in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas while accumulating snowfall and ice accumulations are likely from West Texas through the Central Plains.
Around midnight on September 21,1989, Hurricane Hugo roared ashore just north of Charleston, S.C. as a massive Category 4 storm with winds near 140 mph and a storm tide around 20 feet. The hurricane leveled beachfront properties and toppled trees, leaving much of the coastal areas in absolute ruin.
When it comes to tornadoes that form quickly, precious minutes to take action can be the difference between life and death. These extra minutes for Humboldt residents were possible thanks to an upgrade to the nation’s Doppler radars, the most important tool forecasters use to track tornadoes. This upgrade—another step on our effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation—will be completed in fall 2014.
The main driver of this year's outlook is the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. El Niño causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.
John Glenn calls her "the world's weatherwoman" and "the right person for the right job at the right time."
According to NOAA's Spring Outlook released today, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in the southern Great Lakes region due to above-average snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground. Additionally, drought is expected to continue in California and the Southwest.
The NWS Aviation Weather Center will roll out a design refresh of the center's www.AviationWeather.gov website on March 25, 2014. Users will be able to access and comment on the upgrade prior to full deployment.
Amidst thousands of fans and a flurry of activity in the nation’s largest metropolitan area, the National Weather Service coordinated with emergency management operations for Super Bowl XLVIII, held February 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Super Bowl is designated as a National Special Security Event and as such, support by NWS is dictated by law [PDD 62; P.L. 106-544].
Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related. The National Weather Service has been working to bring those numbers down and, for the past decade, has been doing so using its “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign, which is dedicated to teaching the public about flood safety.